Andy and Lauren's Wedding

One of the reasons we went to Seattle was to attend the wedding of Andy and Lauren. We’ve known Andy longer than we’ve known our kids and have known his folks and grandparents even longer. Andy spent three summers working for Mike, Mark, and Grampa at Mouser Machine Shop and we just think so much of him and his family that we didn’t want to miss out on his wedding. Lauren’s a lucky girl, and no doubt we can say the same for Andy. Congratulations you two!

The wedding theme? Old meets new (old car, old wagon, old typewriters, old photos). The setting? Amazing … a farm in the country. The weather? Divine … 83 degrees with a slight breeze. The sky? Perfect … cloudless and blue. The guests? Decked out, happy and entertained. The food? My favorite … Mexican! The bride? Drop dead gorgeous. Shall I go on? Cause I could. Okay I will.

There were several working photographers and a videographer. Me? I was a guest but came with camera in tow knowing the wedding would be beautiful. It did not disappoint. I took my place along the fun fabric flower garland next to the isle about half way back. Mothers were ushered in then with a thunder of music, ten handsomely dressed men (led by the Official, Andy’s Uncle Dan) entered the scene — all looking so serious except for Andy who was grinning from ear-to-ear. After that nine beautiful bridesmaid’s came in one-by-one, down the outside isle, up the middle, and to their final place at the front each wearing a beautiful blue summer dress and unique necklaces given (made?) by the bride.

Then out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash of fabric and the cutest little Flower Girl you ever did see running by at warped speed, down the outside isle, up the middle, taking a tumble at the finish line while letting out an audible groan and slight whimper. Her mom (I’m guessing) encouraged her and up she popped flashing back down to the end of the isle, then turning around and running back up the middle, stopping at several lucky guests along the way to hand out a cut flower from her basket. So cute. No, so so sooo cute! Whomever made or found that dress, kudos to them! It was divine and that little girl knew it! The Ring Bearer was cute little Graham, Andy’s nephew, and while he and the flower girl were supposed to walk in together, he was “left standing at the altar.” I never did see him walk in, he only appeared for a brief moment or two. When I asked his mom later what happened, she said the flower girl left him so fast that he wasn’t quite sure what to do! Seems he took the fastest route to get to the wedding party, then was ready to sit with Grandma for his sucker. Always good to have a back-up plan and he handled it well!

{Graham, the Ring Bearer, has now appeared on the scene.}

Now it was the Bride and Groom’s turn. Lauren entered from the back, driven in by the old car in my first photo, then escorted over a little bridge by her dad’s long-time friend. The crowd was on their feet and the excitement was building. Lauren looked so beautiful and as Andy saw his Bride-To-Be he had the quiet confidence of a happy man. It was warming to see their exchanges of love and unique vows and not only did the tears roll from the eyes of Lauren, her sister, and several bridesmaids, but other guests as well. This union had been a long journey and the time had come.

I think this next photo is one of my favorites. I love the fabric flowers framing the bride and groom and their mothers as they all embraced each other and bowed their heads in prayer.

The ceremony was wonderful and the kiss divine. Welcome to married life Andy and Lauren!

The reception was held under a big t-top canopy with colorful scraps of fabric blowing in the breeze. Every detail was unique from the code names on the tables to the homemade salsa and miniature berry and apple pies. Blue Bell Ice Cream was shipped in from the bride’s home state of Texas to top them off. Special toasts were made in honor of both the bride and groom’s fathers who had both passed on. Bridesmaids and groomsmen were flattering and funny with their take on the bride and groom and/or couple. It was moving in every way and I was taken back by the depth of affection each shared for their friends and loved ones.

I should clarify here that Andy is helping Lauren over a hedge. 🙂

There were so many more unique details about this wedding from the wedding invites, the programs, the yard games, the appetizers, the photo booth, the vows (she vowed to sometimes put love notes in between the humus of his sandwiches … come on … who doesn’t eat that stuff up — literally! They were obviously made for each other, and after they danced their “first dance” Mike and I made our quiet exit after a long day of getting up at 4:30 AM. I will always remember our trip fondly from Yelm to Seattle to Arlington (our hotel) to the Tazer Valley Farm in Stanwood (the wedding) and everything in between (the Outlet Malls — woo hoo!). Thanks for the memories and I hope you enjoy these new ones made.

And to Andy and Lauren, may you always have the “ooh-la-la” moments we see below. Love, Mary xx

[ Note: If you have a Facebook account (because I don’t) and wish to download any of the images you’ve seen here, you have my permission, but I would appreciate you linking them back to my blogsite with the following permalink. Any comments left along the way would be icing on the cake — or in this case, ice cream on the pie!  🙂  Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to SMILE! Love, Mary]

Cathie Alonzo - July 31, 2011 - 8:22 PM

What a lucky and lovely couple to have such a perfect day for an outside wedding. Enjoyed the photos very much.
Cathie - July 31, 2011 - 9:39 PM

Cathie, thanks for your sweet comments and I hope the B & G see it because they are just what you say. Thanks again for the wonderful time spent with you in Yelm — a beautiful place for sure. Love ya, Mary

Kathy Bettger - August 1, 2011 - 6:46 AM

Oh, Mary! What a special thing for you to do. I have read the whole thing and poured over the photos 3 times now. Lauren’s use of many varied colors make the photos really pop. We now have your narrative as a permanent record. I am so glad you and Mike were a part of this day. - August 1, 2011 - 7:40 AM

Thanks Kathy, I loved doing this post in every way. I agree with you in that Laura’s color choices — and that beautiful sunshine — worked together so well!

Kay Lynn Brown - August 1, 2011 - 6:24 PM

Mary…WOW! These photos captured all of the sweetness and magic of that day. I love the picture of my brother, too! 🙂 Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed seeing you and Mike! - August 1, 2011 - 7:49 PM

Thank you Kay Lynn! Got some pics of the rest of the family too but couldn’t put everything on there. I appreciated you viewing and for your comments. Mary

Kathy Grover - August 1, 2011 - 9:10 PM

My vote for favorite picture is the one with the bride and groom and moms framed by the colorful fabric flowers. The flowers were connected and the people were connected. It made me feel connected even though I wasn’t there.

straitcrzy - August 1, 2011 - 10:05 PM

I am Lauren’s Aunt Mary. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. I am going to put them on facebook so everyone can enjoy them. You did a great job. They had the most beautiful wedding. - August 2, 2011 - 5:32 AM

Thank you Mary, I wish I could put a face to the name … might have met you but there were lots of wonderful people at that wedding! - August 2, 2011 - 7:12 AM

Mine too! Oh wait, I already said that in the post. 🙂

Barbara Cast - August 2, 2011 - 9:44 AM

Thank you so much for sharing…wonderful pictures…

Janet Spies - August 2, 2011 - 1:07 PM

You can see Mary’s face in the 10th black and white photo above. And to her left, you will see Lauren’s Aunt Carol. They are toasting the bride and groom.

Beautiful pictures, beautiful people and beautiful day!! I enjoyed your post immensely. - August 2, 2011 - 1:22 PM

And thank you Barbara for taking the time to tell me. Fabulous wedding you had there! - August 2, 2011 - 1:24 PM

Janet, thank you for pointing Mary and Carol out. I felt badly that I slighted Lauren’s family in this post since I knew the Bettger side so well. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and more importantly for commenting. Us bloggers love that you know. (Wink.) Mary

justleesha - August 3, 2011 - 6:41 PM

I love all these! Soooo pretty! What a wonderful theme and setting for a wedding! Makes the church and rented hall I had for my wedding look pretty darn shabby! 🙂

So, I was looking through your posts today and noticed a BSU hat on your grandson and it got me wondering…. do you live in Idaho?? - August 3, 2011 - 6:49 PM

Yes, we live in Boise. And you? I think I read one time … was it Utah? If you want to see BSU pics and see how crazy fans can be, go to:

NeckBeard - August 5, 2011 - 1:12 PM

These are incredible. Thank you so much for posting these photos and your wonderful narrative. It was so great to have you and Mike there. I love you guys so much. Lauren wants us to print this out and put it in our wedding journal. I said, only after one important correction, I worked at Mouser Machine for 3 summers. Not just one. 🙂

Andy - August 5, 2011 - 3:39 PM

Hi Andy, thank you for commenting from your “tanned” state no doubt after returning from Jamaica. I’m sure you had a fabulous time. I will get that correction made immediately to give you credit for working at the Shop three years … most people didn’t stick it out so long with the hard labor Gramps expected! Mike didn’t catch the mistake either — young mind vs old mind — you’ll win every time! Love, Mary

Jeri Dunne - August 12, 2011 - 9:22 AM

Mary, you have such a a gift and it’s so fun to read your blog and see your beautiful photography.
This had to have been such a fun trip and what a unique, lovely wedding!
Thanks for sharing! - August 12, 2011 - 2:10 PM

I appreciate your comment Jeri. I love that you stopped by and welcome your visit any time!

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